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Virginia Miller
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 2011 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo To Be Held In Memphis, TN May 22-25, 2011


Public transportation industry experts from across the country will meet in Memphis, TN May 22-25, 2011 for the Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and hosted by Memphis Area Transit Authority, the conference, which will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, will focus on all aspects of the bus and paratransit industry, including: accessibility; safety & security; operations/maintenance/ management; sustainability; workforce development; business practices; and technology. Technical tours, a bus display, and a bus and paratransit products and services showcase are also scheduled and are open to the media.

The 2011 International Bus Roadeo, which will be held on Sunday, May 22, at the Hickory Ridge Mall, highlights the best bus operators and bus maintenance teams in North America. Local bus roadeo competitions are held in North America to select the competitors in this prestigious competition. Additionally, on Monday, May 23, the finals for the Customer Service Challenge will be held at the Convention Center starting at 2:15 p.m. The winners for both the International Bus Roadeo and the Customer Service Challenge will be announced at an awards dinner on Tuesday, May 24, at the Convention Center from 7-9:30 p.m.

What: International Bus Roadeo What: 2011 Bus & Paratransit Conference

Where: Hickory Ridge Mall
6075 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN

Where: Memphis Cook Convention Center
255 North Main Street
Memphis, TN

When: May 22, 2011
When: May 22 - 25, 2011
Time: 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Media registration for the 2011 Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo is FREE but registration is required. To pre-register, go to or contact Virginia Miller at Pre-registration ends on May 18, 2011. Onsite registration is available at the APTA conference registration desk at the Convention Center.

Events: Some conference events are highlighted below.
For a complete listing of sessions, visit:

Sunday, May 22

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Ballroom A
Ballroom Level
Convention Center


President's Welcome:

  • William Millar, president, APTA


  • Michael Scanlon, chair, APTA, and general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District and Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA
  • Mayor A C Wharton Jr., City of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Mattie P. "M.P." Carter, immediate past chair, APTA, and commissioner, Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis, TN
  • William Hudson Jr., president-general manager, Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis, TN


  • Deputy Administrator Therese McMillian, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Presentation of the 2011 Bus Safety Awards

Monday, May 23

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Ballroom A
Ballroom Level
Convention Center

General Session  - The Pursuit of Organizational Excellence 


  • Charles Wochele, vice chair, APTA Business Members Board of Governors, and vice president, industry & government relations, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., West Henrietta, NY
  • Matthew May is an internationally recognized expert on change, innovation, and design strategy. His remarks will focus on how organizations can improve productivity, customer service, and profitability by changing the organizational culture.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bus Display
Buses will be on display and manufacturer representatives will be on hand to discuss their products and answer your questions.

2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Webcast Session- State of Good Repair
(Media can attend the webinar at no cost but must register by COB May 19. Email

Managing your assets can be tough. With weighing options to spend dollars now or later, gain the skills needed to extend the life of your assets and save money. Presenters will focus on how to make the decision between expansion and maintenance.

2:15 -3:45 p.m. Fare Media for People with Disabilities and Older Adults
How are agencies helping riders with different abilities and limitations to use their fare media? How are agencies tracking and crediting paratransit trips taken as part of multiple programs? Come hear from agencies that are offering new ideas, technologies, and methods for riders.

4 – 5:30 p.m. Greening Up Your Garage
Agencies are joining the green movement by building new maintenance facilities with more sustainable characteristics. What are they doing and how are they doing it? Hear transit system representatives and designers talk about their experiences.

4 – 5:30 p.m. Making the Business Case for Sustainability
The session will include advice and lessons learned from business members who have already done it! The speakers will also look towards the future with a discussion on how sustainability programs may be incorporated in agency procurements in the future and the possibility for industry standards in this area.

Tuesday, May 24

8 – 9:30 a.m. Small Systems – Big Results
Like mid and large systems, small systems are confronted with new business problems and opportunities on a regular basis. Learn how your colleagues are succeeding and improving their systems. Learn best practices from small systems and gain the tools you need to reduce costs, avoid mistakes, and find new ideas, tactics, and strategies to implement at your organization.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Host Forum – Stories of Memphis – Past, Present, and Future
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King spent an hour with two fellow preachers reminiscing in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel. One of the men in the room, and the only one on the balcony with King, was the Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles. Come and hear his eyewitness account of the last hour with King. Also meet Beverly Robertson, the Executive Director, of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and learn how the museum has documented civil rights and its impact on public transportation.

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bus Products & Services Showcase
Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the bus products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of bus equipment and services.

2 – 4 p.m. Technical Tours
(Please sign up for the tours at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Convention Center.)

MATA has arranged for the following two informative technical tours:
-Intelligent Transportation Systems Program
-Airways Transit Center

2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Walk and Roll Wellness Event
All conference and bus roadeo registrants and guests are invited to participate in the second annual “Walk and Roll” wellness event. Join us as we take a healthy walk and stroll through beautiful downtown Memphis and unite for the accessible transportation needs to benefit people with disabilities within our communities.

2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Recovering from Disasters -- What Should Be in Your Plans?
This session will highlight some unique experiences in the bus industry and how they were effectively dealt with, presented by those that were there at the time calling the shots.

4 – 5:30 p.m. Transit and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Making Public Transportation Prominent on Climate Action
Numerous cities, states, and regions across the country have set greenhouse gas emission reductions targets. This session is designed to focus on how the transportation environment is being affected and how transit agencies are playing a key role.

Wednesday May 5

8 – 9:30 a.m. Transit Oriented Development -- TOD 101 Training
This session will highlight the many benefits of transit oriented development, linking land use and transit development, and provide specific information on joint development and partnerships, specifically with MPOs.

9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Lowering Vulnerability with APTA Security Standards
This session will highlight the efforts by transit properties to match their security strategies to their risk environment. Just as the first step of physical security efforts is a risk assessment, hear how agencies can determine their security vulnerabilities and improve their environment by utilizing APTA Security Standards.

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. General Session - Transforming Organizations: Building a Better Bus System
This enlightening session will feature speakers from agencies and businesses who will share their successes in the areas of strategies and management practices that are needed to turn times of change into a positive, transformative engine for your organization. Gain the insights you need to challenge yourself to find ways to succeed when others do not.

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.

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